Ever Wonder What a Dog’s Purpose Is Here On Earth?

A Dog’s Purpose  (from a 6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound  named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ‘I know why.’boy and his irish wolfhound

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good Life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
So live like a dog:

• Live simply.
• Love generously.
• Care deeply.
• Speak kindly.
• Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
• When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
• Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
• Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
• Take naps.
• Stretch before rising.
• Run, romp, and play daily.
• Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
• Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
• On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
• On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
• When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
• Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
• Be loyal.
• Never pretend to be something you’re not.
• If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it..
• When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

Enjoy every moment of every day.

And my favorite anonymous quote regarding our best friends is;

“She is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are her life, her love, her leader. She will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of her heart. You owe it to her to be worthy of such devotion.”  ~~Unknown


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5 Responses to “Ever Wonder What a Dog’s Purpose Is Here On Earth?”

  1. Curt Remington says:

    Wow! Great story and message about a very wise boy. You might enjoy this story of our dog. http://curtremington.com/letting-gunner-go/

  2. Ernest, I hope you have found another friend by now. I completely understand your situation. My very best friend ever was with me for 17 years and it truly broke my heart to see her go. All the best to you.
    .-= Bill Beavers Dog Crates´s last blog ..Leather Horse Tack | Spring Cleaning Time =-.

  3. Very good post…I think my dogs purpose in my is to give me everlasting happiness and love with out any condition…And be loyal to me no matter what happen…

  4. My dog passed away in my arms last year on March 8, 2009, on a Sunday morning, about 10:00 AM. He was everything described in this post.

    This past year has been hard without him. I have him buried in a peaceful little plot between the apricot and apple trees out in the back yard. I still visit him quite often.

    On Sunday, March 7, 2010, it will mark one year since his passing, but he’s not gone.

    He taught me a lot. He taught me everything, and then some, of what was shared in this post.

    One year later, it still isn’t easy to live life without him.
    .-= Ernest O’Dell´s last blog ..BACK BY DEMAND: 110 Guerrilla Marketing Tactics To Explode Your Real Estate Business =-.

  5. This is yet another beautiful example of the wisdom we can receive from children.
    Thanks for sharing this.

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